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The 54 Best Affordable Online DNP Programs

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Since only 1% of all nurses hold a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, an online DNP program is a great way to differentiate yourself. Payscale reports the average salary of a DNP graduate is just under $99,000. Even with such a handsome paycheck, it still pays to do your research before choosing a program!

GetEducated compared 97 online DNP programs from 97 regionally accredited schools to create this ranking. Below is our editorially independent list of the 54 Best Buys for an affordable online DNP program. All degrees cost less than $27,600. The most affordable program (regardless of state residency) is offered by Delta State University and costs just under $12,000 (less than half the national average!).

Average Cost (In-state): $27,745.10
Least Expensive: University of Nevada-Las Vegas ~ $10,452.75
Most Expensive: Duke University ~ $60,205

Our data-driven research creates a truly reliable system of scientific rankings. There’s no fancy formulas here. We meticulously calculate total full-time tuition—including any fees—for the most accurate total cost. Our rankings cannot be bought, and therefore factually showcase the cheapest online DNP programs. The online degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2017 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.

Most Affordable Online DNP Programs

RankSchool / DegreeStatePriceNote
1
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
(NV)
$10,452.75
$20,229.00
In-State
Out-of-State
2
Wichita State University
(KS)
$11,507.78
$23,945.59
In-State
Out-of-State
3
Delta State University
(MS)
$11,816.27
All Students
4
Fort Hays State University
(KS)
$12,050.00
All Students
5
East Carolina University
(NC)
$13,473.36
$36,677.52
In-State
Out-of-State
6
University of Central Florida
(FL)
$14,074.76
$49,523.96
In-State
Out-of-State
7
The University of Alabama
(AL)
$15,000.00
All Students
8
Kent State University
(OH)
$15,450.00
$27,840.00
In-State
Out-of-State
9
University of Arkansas
(AR)
$15,756.65
$39,518.50
In-State
Out-of-State
10
University of Alabama in Huntsville
(AL)
$15,840.00
All Students
11
Illinois State University
(IL)
$16,008.56
$30,254.56
In-State
Out-of-State
12
Indiana State University
(IN)
$16,406.00
$20,657.00
In-State
Out-of-State
13
Frontier Nursing University
(KY)
$16,970.00
All Students
14
Troy University
(AL)
$17,290.00
All Students
15
James Madison University
(VA)
$17,453.00
$40,951.00
In-State
Out-of-State
16
Arkansas State University
(AR)
$17,466.00
All Students
17
The University of Texas at Tyler
(TX)
$17,766.00
$34,902.00
In-State
Out-of-State
18
Old Dominion University
(VA)
$17,856.00
$19,368.00
In-State
Out-of-State
19
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
(LA)
$18,050.00
All Students
20
McKendree University
(IL)
$18,100.00
All Students
21
University of Missouri-St Louis
(MO)
$18,950.40
$43,390.80
In-State
Out-of-State
22
University of Michigan-Flint
(MI)
$19,034.75
$28,303.75
In-State
Out-of-State
23
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
(WI)
$19,059.32
$41,874.00
In-State
Out-of-State
24
Ball State University
(IN)
$19,574.00
$27,814.00
In-State
Out-of-State
25
Georgia Southern University
(GA)
$19,866.00
All Students
26
University of South Alabama
(AL)
$20,376.00
All Students
27
Wilmington University
(DE)
$20,561.00
All Students
28
West Virginia University
(WV)
$21,021.00
$48,411.00
In-State
Out-of-State
29
Indiana University Online
(IN)
$21,031.36
$55,959.36
In-State
Out-of-State
30
The University of Texas Medical Branch
(TX)
$21,076.37
$35,903.91
In-State
Out-of-State
31
Ashland University
(OH)
$21,440.00
All Students
32
Idaho State University
(ID)
$22,062.00
$44,226.00
In-State
Out-of-State
33
Florida International University
(FL)
$22,221.36
$40,368.24
In-State
Out-of-State
34
The University of Tennessee – Chattanooga
(TN)
$22,242.00
$24,216.00
In-State
Out-of-State
35
Northern Kentucky University
(KY)
$22,680.00
All Students
36
University of Massachusetts-Boston
(MA)
$22,770.00
All Students
37
University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
(CO)
$22,979.00
$26,543.00
In-State
Out-of-State
38
Eastern Kentucky University
(KY)
$24,300.00
All Students
39
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
(TN)
$24,384.00
$57,152.00
In-State
Out-of-State
40
Liberty University
(VA)
$24,570.00
All Students
41
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$24,850.00
$23,698.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
42
Purdue University Global
(IL)
$24,870.00
$20,400.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
44
Chatham University
(PA)
$25,110.00
All Students
45
University of North Florida
(FL)
$25,116.00
All Students
46
Graceland University
(IA)
$25,925.00
All Students
47
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
(IL)
$25,931.00
All Students
48
University of Colorado Denver
(CO)
$26,175.00
$42,370.00
In-State
Out-of-State
49
Regis University
(CO)
$26,555.00
All Students
50
University of Northern Colorado
(CO)
$26,620.00
All Students
51
Clarkson College
(NE)
$26,660.00
All Students
52
Murray State University
(KY)
$26,960.00
All Students
53
Thomas Edison State University
(NJ)
$26,972.00
All Students
54
The College of Saint Scholastica
(MN)
$27,484.00
All Students
55
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
(MA)
$27,545.00
All Students
NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
School / DegreeStatePriceNote
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
(PA)
$28,086.00
$29,052.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Quinnipiac University
(CT)
$29,165.00
All Students
Rivier University
(NH)
$29,700.00
All Students
Concordia University Wisconsin & Ann Arbor
(WI)
$29,968.00
All Students
Boise State University
(ID)
$30,000.00
All Students
Indiana Wesleyan University
(IN)
$31,000.00
All Students
Wilkes University
(PA)
$31,050.00
All Students
Gonzaga University
(WA)
$31,520.00
All Students
Samford University
(AL)
$31,521.00
All Students
Maryville University
(MO)
$32,201.00
All Students
Pennsylvania State University
(PA)
$33,422.00
All Students
Loyola University New Orleans
(LA)
$33,577.00
All Students
University of Saint Joseph
(CT)
$34,047.00
All Students
Ohio State University
(OH)
$34,805.50
All Students
Southern Adventist University
(TN)
$35,280.00
All Students
La Salle University
(PA)
$35,315.00
All Students
Andrews University
(MI)
$35,688.00
All Students
Gannon University
(PA)
$35,820.00
All Students
Loyola University New Orleans
(LA)
$36,031.00
All Students
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
(IL)
$36,124.00
All Students
Catholic University of America
(DC)
$36,410.00
All Students
Northern Arizona University
(AZ)
$36,922.00
$52,684.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Gwynedd Mercy University
(PA)
$37,098.00
All Students
Purdue University Global
(IL)
$37,305.00
$31,455.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Loyola University Chicago
(IL)
$38,102.00
All Students
University of Pittsburgh
(PA)
$38,704.00
All Students
Walden University
(MN)
$39,820.00
All Students
Seton Hall University
(NJ)
$40,088.00
All Students
Upstate Medical University
(NY)
$41,134.00
$54,094.00
In-State
Out-of-State
University at Buffalo
(NY)
$41,530.00
$69,286.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Capella University
(MN)
$42,305.00
All Students
Samuel Merritt University
(CA)
$42,388.00
All Students
Monmouth University
(NJ)
$42,512.00
All Students
Jefferson (Philadelphia University +Thomas Jefferson University)
(PA)
$43,624.00
All Students
Purdue University Global
(IL)
$43,770.00
$34,800.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Drexel University
(PA)
$43,838.00
$32,890.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Duquesne University
(PA)
$45,920.00
All Students
Texas Christian University
(TX)
$46,650.00
All Students
The George Washington University
(DC)
$46,760.00
All Students
Duke University
(NC)
$60,205.00
All Students

Accreditation Note: To qualify for a ranking, a program must be regionally accredited. Additional programmatic accreditation is noted in the rank table.

8 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
10 Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

12 State Restriction Note: This program is only available in fewer than 15 states.

Rankings Note: These online college rankings are based on a GetEducated Summer 2017 review of regionally accredited online DNP programs. Total cost includes full-time tuition and fees and was valid at the time of collection and specific to the online learning program. School profiles for the online doctorate degree programs in our directory may reflect a slightly different cost based on different editorial update schedules. The published cost is an estimated sticker price for the entire online degree including fees. Actual costs may vary by student. Factors such as transfer credits, prerequisite courses, professional licensing and financial aid availability will affect final cost.

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